Friday, February 5, 2010

Will You Dance With Me?

After all that luscious French Pain de Campagne

Brioche Nanterre

and hard work to complete my thesis

some serious play

and some fun exercise is in order.

So why don't you grab your dancing shoes

and dance with me down memory lane and watch some of the best dance moments in movie history. And while we're at it, let's get up from our seats and DANCE along with the greats. Come on Fred and Cyd, bring it home....

Now let's go to the streets of "An American in Paris" and do Le Shim Sham avec M. Kelly...

And for a taste of my Spanish heritage, stomp along with the great José Greco. To Marie my cousin, this one's for you babe...

Can you keep up with Audrey, showing her dancing chops in Funny Face?

And now, let the grande dame of dance, Gwen Verden entertain you with her infectious laugh and perfect dance moves; have patience with this one, she lets it all hang out towards the end.

I don't know about you, but I'm inspired and feelin' good. How about taking something sweet, nutritious

and refreshing

and sit quietly in a nice corner

and dream of pretty things

and the warmth of eternal springs.

Thank you for dancing and celebrating with me. You are ALL magnifique!

French interior photo credits - Trouvais


Chemin des Muguets said...

Oh Thank you Anita,

What fun this post is. I never miss an opportunity to dance.

Whirling and twirling,


desde my ventana said...

Que grand s'éveiller pour le samedi matin. Tu m'as rempli de. joie pour tout le week-end.
Très bon weekend Anita,

Presépio no Canal said...

J' adore danser! Surtot avec Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire! Wonderful dancing post! And you are our dancing queen! You have accomplish your Masters Thesis (by the way, I liked the foto with it ;-)
Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, Anita! ;-)

The Dutchess said...

PHHEW...This was fun..I don't think I will come out of this lovely quiet corner today..I hope you are still dancing together with your very own Gene Kelly(RUBEN)to celebrate..;)))

Hugs from all of us

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Simply dizzy from all the dancing! The tantalizing culinary offerings are mouth watering. This was such fun!!!!! Cathy

Rattus Scribus said...

You dearest, sweetest Bug from another world you.

I rejoice with you about you accomplishment. Now it's time to PARTY! Dancing, good food, wine, song, etc., etc., etc..

Your hubby,


The Victorian Parlor said...

I enjoyed my dancing (and I really needed the exercise with all of the cooking I've done lately:) but now I think I will rest in that lovely chair with a book. Instead of eating grapes I think I'll take mine in a glass in the form of wine:).



BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anita,
Oh your music is making me want to get up and dance. You deserve a little time on the dance floor after all your hard work. I like the way you bound your thesis.
Thanks for invite and now I'll have a rest.
Bonne week-end!

Unknown said...

What a dreamy post, and speaking of dreamy those bed linens are to die for. I can't wait to see your new blog about miniatures. Another favorite thing of mine. I have been considering making miniature art in tiny frames. I love doll houses, miniatures, and all things tiny.

Unknown said...

I've been dancing all week and I could have dance all night if it were not for tired bones and a fuzzy mind from way too much WORK! I'm off this morning to do it all over again...however...
Tomorrow, I'm putting on my dancing dolly shoes and heading for a fancy hotel down in Seattle to a doll show...All by my little old self. Beats Super Bowl Sunday anyday...

KeKe said...


Let's put on our dancing shoes and party the night away~

Are you ready??

Tish Jett said...

Are you sure you weren't French in another life.

When I step into your world I can't help but think so.

What a great post Anita, the dancing, the photos, the ambiance.

How often do you come to France?

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What a wonderful way to start the weekend! You do put a little beauty in the world!

deb famularo said...

Oui, let's dance!!!!!!!
What great moments you've captured here! That was fun!
I'm heading over to your pretty corner to kick off my heels now!
Have a beautiful weekend!
au revoir.................xOxO

Anonymous said...

Anita, I have so many of those photos bookmarked too, and the dancing shoes are incredible! You always have such terrific posts on your blog!
Good luck finishing, hope to see you soon!
xoxox julie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Anita, I am SO proud of you for finishing your masters! YEA!

And I enjoyed this lovely post. Cyd Charisse is one of my favorite dancers, and Fred Astaire IS my favorite dancer (along with Michael Jackson who idolized Astaire). This was a fun post. Thanks much!


Sheila :-)

koralee said...

Oh yes...I would love to dance with daughter Sydney is a dancer and loves to Tap. I took lessons last year but had to hang up my tap shoes this year as it does not fit into my schedule but would love to continue on. Our tap teacher is going to be in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics..tapping her heart out. Have a wonderful weekend sweet so deserve it!

Fete et Fleur said...

These are some of my favorite dance clips! I'm so happy you are resting, relaxing, and enjoying. You deserve it my dear!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
I love you bound thesis! You should be very proud of your accomplishments.. Now it's time to let your creative juices out of the bottle.
Ahhhhhhhhhh, the dancing. I could dance all day. May I borrow the black tap shoes please?
Beautiful post dear friend.

Unknown said...

Hi Anita,

Thank you so much for popping over to my little world for a visit. I wish you all the best on your thesis. Your blog is beautiful. I especially love the eternally spring room of warm blue-greens with the peach curtain. Oh ma gosh! Pure heaven.

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie

Simplement ... said...

Ta page est un merveilleux condensé de beautés !
Tes images nous emmènent dans un univers où elles se côtoient avec un tel bonheur !
Je crois bien avoir vu tous les films de Fred Astaire !
Je suis fan ... j'adore !
Bisous du coeur ma chère Anita et tous mes souhaits pour un superbe dimanche.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Thank you Anita for the entertainment! We are cozy inside with 18-20 inches of snow around us! There is nothing like watching the pros do their thing! What a way to celebrate you accomplishment!~Hugs, Patti

LiLi M. said...

Bonsoir Anita! I shopped all day with my daughter and sister in law and I was a little reluctant to get my feet back on the floor again, but as always your ideas proved right! Dancing gives energy and cheers you up! Now I have to stop myself! It is so good to see your thesis in print! Enjoy and have a lovely weekend! Bisous, LiLi

LiLi M. said...

Ah Anita, I do have to warn you...chocolate can be very addictive, so be careful! You have the loveliest French shape now, chocolate can ruin it you know and make a heavy 'Dutch-like' woman out of you. Now we don't want that do we? Louis Napoleon once said when he was King of Holland that the Dutch women were too big and too fat. Chocolate was made here for ages, so he might have been right. So I have to warn you and believe me, I am experienced with this! Just enjoy, but don't take too much!

Rosemary said...

Love it all Anita!
My favorite dancers and movies of course!!
Yes black crowns are in yours and my future. I'm working on some ideas.
Chat soon,

Presépio no Canal said...

I have an award for you in my blog!

Have a wonderful sunday!

Debbie said...

HOLA CHICA! Girl - loved this post. First of all - my mother LOVED Jose Greco and saw him way back in the 1960's at the Greek Theatre here in L.A. And, we had a friend whose daughter danced i his company and for a very short time, she was teaching me flamenco. LOVED LOVED LOVED Cyd Charise. Those long, long legs. She is one of my favorites. Gwen Verdin - OMG, incredible. Anita - what was your thesis about? Just curious.

I hope you and Ruben are getting buried in snow!



Debbie said...

P.S. i meant to say i hope you and Ruben are NOT getting buried in snow! LOL!


Unknown said...


I love Gwen Vernon in "Dam Yankees"...marvelous. And Fred Astaire..dancing on the ceiling...amazing? And I don't believe Debbie...she's evil like that...LOL


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita I'm dancing and celebrating with you!!! You too are magnifique...What a wonderfully inspiring post...Dzintra♥x

Unknown said...

outstanding post- did not dance with you as was to busy ooing and ahhing. Fun, gorgeous, inspiring, etc. Continued success on your thesis...


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh how splendid! A Party! And, this is ONE MAJOR celebration!......We must toast you to the completion of your thesis.....BIG STUFF!!!

Now, about the dancing part.....I'm so sorry to say I'm going to have to sit this one out, dear one. Even if I could dance I can't dance........know what I mean? :-)

My Mum was a huge Fred Astaire fan. She joined some kind of a club to get old movies that aren't readily available normally. She could watch him over and over and was convinced she'd get to dance with him in heaven.

I loved the little cup o' flowers....or is that fleurs? ......just too sweet.

Please don't forget to invite me again....I love your shin-digs! :-)


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita dancing in the sand...what fun!!! I will try that next time at the beach thinking of you at the same time...What a celebration!!! Have a lovely Sunday...Dzintra♥x

savvycityfarmer said...

your fancy little gold glass dancing shoes are on their way ... they're going to a good home I just know it!
I will miss them ... p.s. they are prettier than the picture!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Anita!
I visited Nowhere and I have to say that this is the cutest airplane I have seen!!! TJ and Bebe are so sweet and I love how you have Rattus and Tea down there.. You have done a fantastic job, and you post was great..
Ok everyone, if you are reading this please go have some fun and visit Nowhere to see Anitas imagination take off !!
Blessings my friend

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Sounds perfect Anita!!! Dzintra♥x

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour ANita,
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story. Just when we lose hope, bam there he is! 30 years, congratulations that is something to be proud of!
I agree I am exactly where God wants me, I appreciate your kind words.
Wishing you a fabulous Sunday and lots more celebrating!

Deana Sidney said...

So many amazing dancers... you are brilliant to string them all together for an early Valentine! Great post... love the dancing slippers!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thought I would pop in to take another dance around the floor... now I am tired..
Oh Anita, I have just returned from Nowhere!! I thought the same thing when I first looked.. What happened to the color of the paper...You two ladies are amaging!! Dutchess did a great job.. What fun this is..
Have a wonderful Sunday...

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Anita Sweetie...
Another beautiful post. You are so talented and I so enjoy coming her to see what you are going to share.

Who could miss a chance to dance to with all these wonderful people?

E-Mail me: and I will share some of my graphics info with you.

Country hugs sweetie and so much love...Sherry

claudie said...

I loved seeing your book Anita! How wonderful. I can party a little more today, since my mouth is not as soar. Round one is over, now onto round two.
My mom enjoyed dancing so very much. When she married my dad, she knew her dancing days would be over. As you know he lost his legs in the war. At 91 she still knows how to shake her bootie lol
Thanks for the celebration. Just what the doctor ordered.
Stay warm my friend.
Love Claudie

Champagne Macarons said...

I'm so happy I found your blog! I, too, ♥ An American in Paris!!
xoxo, B

FIONA said...

Yeay you! So glad the thesis is done.

You deserve to dance.

Anonymous said...

What a great post! I love to dance. It was fun and brought back so many memories. Congratulations Anita and thank you for inviting us to join your party.

Velva said...

I never say No to dancing....beautiful post.

Rita said...

Dear Anita,
Deligthful and fun post. Thank you so much for letting us celebrate with you!
I'm so tired with all the dancing now that I'll be sitting in your wonderful quiet corner for a while and treat myself to those delicious culinary offerings I see there.
I have an award for you over at my blog . come over if you have a chance. no rules go with the award.

Tristan Robin said...

Oh, my, my, my! This post came at me in pieces! *snicker*

From Bandwagon to Damn Yankees, a total delight...isn't Audrey fab in Funny Face?!

Love all the wonderful photographs ... and, for a boy who's not that wild about sea-foam green, that sea-foam green and lilac living room is an absolute knockout.

I've been so under the weather this week, and this has definitely lifted my spirits. Merci!

oh - and your thesis looks quite grand, as well! :)

Tristan Robin said...


it came at me in sections, not in pieces.

I'm so out of it I can't even make a bad joke LOL

Tara said...


A great post! I love the rooms you highlight, the decorating is fantastic!

Val said...

oh!Anita,je suis fan depuis toute petite des vieilles comédies musicales américaines! je suis à chaque fois transportée dans un monde merveilleux,j'adore les costumes ,les décors,ces acteurs magnifiques et les mélodies de Cole Porter et de Gerswhin.Recemment j'ai redécouvert sur Youtube un extrait de "the gay divorced"avec Ginger et Fred,sur "night and Day"Le bonheur!.Et je suis emballée par ton post.
bonne semaine

anouk said...

Thanks for dance with us in this great post.
Have a nice week. Kss.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

I am dancing with you ma chere! And I am so proud of you!!!

You GO Girl!!

Bisous, Sherry

susan said...

What a lovely way to tell your story! Congratulations on a major accomplishment! Celebrate (and dance :)!

Mélanie A. said...

After your wonderful post , I want to dance for sure !!! Merci

The Pocket Stylist said...

Lovely pictures. I am now inspired to dance. I love dancing!!! Happy Monday doll.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your breakfast recipe with me. It sounds delicious and it's something I will try. I hope you are having a lovely day ♥

Unknown said...

Hello Ms. Anita,

I did a search on both Oona and Miss Clara. WOW! Stunning creations. Both are talented although I confess I am partial to Miss Clara's work. Thank you for introducing me.

Wishing you a day filled with fairy magic and enchantment.

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie

La Petite Gallery said...

What a post, love those shoes. Weren't they great dancers.
I love bread, just made pop overs and they were great,


Marie said...

I am quite positive I don't need to tell you how much I loved this post. Did I ever tell you I studied with Jose Greco's mistress? I did, right here in L.A. She was a wonderful dancer but passed away a few years after I started with her.

Thanks for the videos. Loved em.

Kirsten Steen said...

Congratulations again on finishing that thesis! Hope you are enjoying! Great dance videos!

Terence Sambo said...

wow, wat a gr8 blog u got on here :o] love it :oD

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour once again dear Anita,
30 more years with your love - now that is the BEST answer of all!
What a lucky man!

Barb said...

Hi Anita,
Another great post- always fun to visit you.

Funny Face is one of my all time favorite movies. Love Audrey and Fred.

Dance away girl.

big hugs,

Micki said...

I enjoyed the post and I adored Fred and Audrey too!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita I think we are very good at making each other hungry LOL!!! Have a wonderful day...Dzintra♥x

Marie said...

I cannot believe I never told you I studied with Lupe. I can't for the life of me remember her last name right now, but I can tell you, she was a beautiful dancer. She was very, very strict in her classroom and like Roberto Amaral, pushed us to the limit. She could sometimes be mean and nasty if she thought you had the potential to do better. I don't recall where but I found some writings about her and Jose Greco somewhere. I have some photos of the show I did with a few other girls with his son Jose Greco II, if I can figure out how to get my scanner back up and running, I'll do a quick little blog on it just so you can see them.
Love you much,

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

This is dear and lovely. I love especially the grapes and aqua room. Delightful dear friend. Blessings and thanks for being you.

synnøve said...

Just a quick something regarding the emerald necklace:´s the french lady´s vanity table, she´s got one I purchased for her from a german artist: Ursula Stûmer! Enjoy :)